One Thing You Need to Know About the Law of Attraction
To sum it up in six words: There is no Law of Attraction.
There is only manifestation, and it works in vastly different ways than most people think.
At its core, manifestation is you using your inherent spark of divinity, your God-given magic, to make objects, people, and events appear in your material world.
Everyone manifests, all the time. The problem is that most people aren't aware of what they're doing, so the results are mixed, to say the least.
The reason why there is so much misunderstanding and confusion is that few people see the big picture. I could go on and on, but I think what's most important for you to realize is that there are several levels of manifestation.
1. The "Stuff" Level (Me, Me, Me)
Every day, I get at least five to ten questions on Quora asking me how to manifest money, a fancy car, the perfect job, and so on.
You can approach manifestation from a base-chakra point of view, as in “I want a Porsche,” or “I want a free vacation on Maui.” This is the most basic manifestation practice, and it's where most people are stuck. At the Stuff Level, all people think about is how to get richer, thinner, prettier, more powerful, and more famous.
Don't get me wrong, this level does have its place. According to psychologist Abraham Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs pyramid, we first have to address the basics like food, shelter, clothes, and sleep before we can move on to higher pursuits like art, spirituality, and self-actualization.
So if your job sucks, or you don't know how to pay the electric bill, or you urgently need a bigger house because you have triplets on the way, by all means, manifest away. You will realize, though, that I'm listing needs here, not frivolous things like diamond bracelets and Lamborghinis.
Of course, you could say, "But I need those thousand-dollar Manolo Blahniks!" Well, girlfriend, if you're so desperate to wear overpriced designer shoes, then how about manifesting that job that will pay for them.
The Stuff Level is necessary but also dangerous. If you get sucked in by it, you'll be stuck in consumerism, greed, and self-absorption.
That's why I can't stand The Secret, undoubtedly the most famous Law of Attraction franchise. It praises and encourages those traits that ultimately land you in the grip of the Dark Side.
On this level (and the next), straight-forward manifestation techniques like affirmations, manifestation lists, and visualization work really well.
2. The "Heart's Desires" Level (Me & You)
This is the level where you manifest your true, heartfelt desires. Let's say you want to be discovered as a singer because singing is the one thing in your life that you love the most.
You'll still have to put in the work—practice singing every day, take voice lessons, get yourself out there to be noticed. But manifestation can help to favorably align the stars and provide those helpful synchronicities that can feel like Hallmark movies.
Maybe you'll apply for a TV talent show and get accepted right away. Or you put your music on Soundcloud and it goes viral. Or you write a song that makes Pharrell Williams cry.
This is the realm of the big, life-changing dreams. It's also the level where you start considering not only your own wants, needs, and desires, but other people's as well.
It's the level of the Goodwill Manifestation, which you can use to manifest for yourself and others. By sending blessings out into the ether without actually asking for anything specific, you promote peace and harmony. With this manifestation, nearly miraculous things can happen... and the results are typically fast, almost instantaneous.
3. The "Spirit" Level (Me & God)
At its highest level, manifestation becomes a spiritual practice. You move beyond the material levels and realize that you are part of a vast, supreme consciousness that encompasses everything.
You realize that there is only oneness, there is only God, and you are an emanation of His/Its infinite being. At this point, manifestation becomes about the evolution of your soul. You forget about asking for lottery wins and Lamborghinis, and even your heart's desires start looking mundane.
The Spirit Level is also where your way of manifestation changes. (This can already start on the previous level because there are no hard lines of separation between these levels.)
Rather than learning, practicing, and applying various manifestation techniques, you start embodying a state of being that makes manifestation an automatic occurrence. Things will just fall into your lap without you having to do anything. You will feel that you're protected and divinely guided every day of your life.
At this stage, you will know from experience and from your heart that you are a part of the Creator. He has shown you so many times that He is always present and loves you and cares about you that you're no longer a believer but a "knower."
What I call "going with the flow" becomes your natural way of living, and it creates a deep happiness and contentment in you that you've never felt before. You love and accept others as part of the oneness you understand to be the true state of existence, and you feel more compassionate and loving toward them.
You completely trust Spirit to lead you where you're supposed to go. Your faith is unshakable, and you believe that everything happens for a reason. You realize that everything in your external world is a reflection of your internal world. Even negative events have a place in your life and serve to teach you a valuable lesson. You calmly accept them and know that they will pass.
Your manifestations now turn into prayers of gratitude and requests to assist Spirit in the service of mankind. You've made a firm commitment to God and let Him know that you're His willing servant, a manifestor in His service, ready to help realize other people's needs and heartfelt desires.
You blindly follow your intuition (aka divinely inspired hunches) without questioning why, and it often leads you to fateful encounters or events. In some instances, you will become one of the human angels that save lives and apparently come out of nowhere to help others or comfort them in their time of need.
You may be there just in time to pay the bill for a poor woman whose car ran out of gas. You may feel compelled to buy an old photo at a flea market, not knowing why, and then will be prompted to hand it to a man who happens to be the son of the people in the photo. If you're like me, you may even occasionally receive direct, verbal messages from Spirit that you need to deliver to others, often total strangers.
You will become Spirit's messenger on Earth... and your own soul will soar. It's the most amazing and uplifting way to live—and once you've experienced it, there really isn't any other way.
This is the endgame, the ultimate goal of manifestation.
But be patient with yourself. We all go through the different levels, some faster than others. Sometimes we even slide back to a lower level. I've been there too. Sometimes you get bogged down with primal urges and fears, which can cause you to slide down the "Hierarchy of Needs" pyramid to the survival level.
When that happens, just try to keep a cool head and remember that, ultimately, there are much bigger things at stake here. And keep reaching upward, for the light.